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The Method

Traditional Ashtanga Yoga taught in the heart of Kuala Lumpur city taught by Yan Ong & Manuel Ferreira, both authorised teachers of the Sharath Yoga Center (SYC). Ashtanga Yoga is the yoga of 8 limbs & one of the few existing yoga traditions kept alive by a strict lineage of teachings passed down thru history. Students are required to submit application to study here via email . All applicants new to Mysore-style method are required to commit to 1 month of study.

The Teachers

All the teachers of Mysore Room have gained their knowledge thru Parampara. The principal teachers from decades of study in Mysore, India with Paramaguru Sharath Jois at the Ashtanga Institute and the assistant teachers from years of dedicated study with the principal teachers. Parampara is essential in the making of a authentic Yoga teacher, they have clarity and deep experiential knowledge of the practice as a result of practicing one method with one teacher for years, thereby gaining pure unadulterated transmission of an ancient art. Parampara is the succession of knowledge from teacher to student in ancient Indian culture, creating a lineage whereby knowledge is passed down in its pure form with no confusion. This long term student teacher relationship is the only way in which subtle, deep and advance understanding can be passed down and embodied.
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YAN

Founder and Principal Teacher
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Since 2006 Yan has dedicated her life to the teachings of Ashtanga Yoga. She spent 4 years living in Mysore, India studying at the Ashtanga Yoga Institute, the original birthplace of Ashtanga Yoga, under the guidance of its director, Paramaguru Sharath Jois, the world’s leading Yoga guru and lineage holder of Ashtanga Yoga. Since 2010 she continues to return to Mysore annually to deepen her yoga practice and philosophy studies. In 2012 she was blessed with permission to teach this traditional method in its purest form with an official Authorisation from Paramguru Sharath Jois. Yan has been teaching Mysore style Ashtanga Yoga full time for the past 8 years globally in Australia, Brazil, across Asia and Europe in addition to opening a Mysore Shala in Malaysia. She has over the years been invited to share her message in the yoga studios, festivals, magazines, podcasts and television interviews. Her experience includes teaching yoga & philosophy to a wide range of students from all backgrounds, injury and special health/physical conditions.
Yan believes in the holistic teaching of the practice as applies in our modern day life and that everyone can benefit from the Ashtanga practice, her experience allows her to teach first timers to yoga to advance students. As part of her mission to bring heightened awareness to the world for happier and purposeful lives, she returned to her home country in 2015 to co-found Mysore Room with her husband. Mysore Room is Malaysia’s only Ashtanga Yoga dedicated shala, where she is the director & permanent principal teacher.
For more on Yan visit: www.yanong.me
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MANUEL

Founder and Principal Teacher
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Manuel has been practicing Yoga since 1999 but it was just in 2003 that he discovered Ashtanga Yoga and devoted his life to the practice. After a year of practice in 2004 he made his first trip to Mysore, India to practice at the Sri K Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute (KPJAYI) with the late Sri K Pattabhi Jois and his grandson Sharath Jois. Since then for the past 16 years and counting he returns every year to the KPJAYI (now known as SYC), where he is now learning Advanced A Series under the guidance of his teacher Paramaguru Sharath Jois.

For almost 2 decades his teaching career has included creating, supporting and growing Mysore Mysore programs around the globe. It has been and continues to be his life’s work to bring the Ashtanga Yoga practice to students that walk into his classroom. He believes that the practice is adaptable to every lifestyle and body type. It is a strong message within his teachings to learn the art of intelligent movement with a healthy attitude as a practitioner. Manuel’s years of experience gives him the ability to teach the complete beginner to athletes and pregnant students. When not travelling to teach workshops internationally he can be found teaching daily at Mysore Room.

 

Manuel was authorised to teach the Ashtanga Yoga method in his pure form by his teacher Paramaguru Sharath Jois in 2009.

For more of Manuel visit: www.manuel8ferreira.com

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Brian

Assistant Teacher
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Brian has been a practitioner of yoga for 10 years and a dedicated student of Mysore Room since 2017, where he started his Ashtanga Yoga journey. He is a serious and devoted student of Yoga and is focused on the study of Ashtanga with Yan & Manuel, having completed Primary and Intermediate Series. He is currently studying Advanced series with Manuel Ferreira. After teaching independently for 6 years he undertook an intensive one year apprenticeship training with Ashtanga Level 2 authorised teacher Yan Ong. Yoga plays a large part of Brian’s life and he describes the improved person he is as a result of the practice. He intends to devote his life to sharing Ashtanga Yoga and bring with it his important values of being responsible, disciplined and straightforward.
In 2020 after graduating his apprenticeship, showing his clarity of understanding of the practice and ability to teach students of all levels, he graduated to become an Assistant Teacher at Mysore Room. Brian teaches both Mysore and Led classes at the shala and substitutes for Yan & Manuel when they are out of town. Brian is also available for private booking sessions in the shala. 
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LING

Assistant Teacher
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Ling begun her yoga journey 10 years ago and discovered her calling to Ashtanga when she stepped into Mysore Room in 2016 and never looked back. She has been a dedicated student of Yan & Manuel with a daily practice and study of the Primary and Intermediate series and completing an intensive one year apprenticeship training with Ashtanga Level 2 authorised teacher Yan Ong.  Seeing her own capabilities grow as a result of the Ashtanga practice in ways she never thought possible gave her conviction and first hand experience in the method. Ling travelled to Mysore, India in 2018 to practice at the Ashtanga Institute with Paramaguru Sharath Jois as part of her determination to deepen her understanding of Ashtanga Yoga. Her kind and patient personality gives her the perfect gentle approach to all beginners as she heads our mini-Mysore classes for all our first timers to the shala.
With a daily meditation practice since 2014 and regular annual mediation retreats under her experience Ling is also our resident meditation guru. Ling became an Assistant Teacher at Mysore Room in 2020 and teaches both Mysore and Meditation classes. Ling is also available for private booking sessions in the shala. 

The Space

Mysore Room teaches Ashtanga Yoga as it is taught in the Ashtanga Yoga Institute in Mysore, India and both teachers are direct disciples of the Jois family. All teachings within Mysore Room are dedicated to Paramguru Sharath Jois, SYC  in humble pursuit to preserve and carry forth teaching this lineage of yoga in its purest form. Mysore Room is an educational facility, please send an email to us at info@mysoreoom.com to apply to study here.

Mysore Room Etiquette

Ashtanga is an 8 limbed yoga system. The practice of the first 2 limbs can be found in maintaining etiquette. We kindly encourage you to read though and integrate it into your Ashtanga practice.

 

  • The Mysore Room space is only open during class hours.
  • Mysore Room is closed on the Full and New Moon Days (refer to our website for specific dates).
  • Make sure to sign up for updates in our Facebook Page to stay informed about any schedule changes, events & special notices.
  • Please make sure to keep track of renewing your own class pass.
  • Please sign in under your name upon entry and if necessary make payment, before placing your mat in the room.
  • Please make sure to finish your practice by the end of the allocated class time.
  • Teachers have the right to refuse entry or ask students to leave should they deem necessary, especially if they are rude, disrespectful or disruptive in any manner to the teachers, the teachings, the shala space, other students and/or assistants in training.
  • Please mention any physical issues such as injuries or pregnancy to the teacher BEFORE you put your mat in the room.
  • Do not eat a minimum of 3 hours before practice.
  • Try not drink during practice.
  • Ladies take a minimum of 3 days break from practice during the start of your menstruation cycle.
  • If you have a fever do not practice.
  • Phones & all personal belongings e.g.. watches, jewellery, car keys, etc with exception of a hand towel are strictly not allowed next to your mat or within the practice area.
  • ALWAYS shower before practice. Keep your mat/rugs, clothing and your body clean and scent free.
  • Do not wear perfume during practice.
  • Be mindful of others practising around you. Enter, manoeuvre and exit Mysore Room premises in silence. Roll out your mats and close doors quietly. Never go off the back of your mat in practice.
  • Mysore Room is a place of education in yoga, students are there to learn from the teachers. Listen to and follow the teachers instructions.
  • The ONLY reason to be in attendance is to be there to learn from the teachers.
  • Do not talk, distract or in anyway disrupt other practitioners in the class.
  • If you are visiting from another Ashtanga Yoga shala, or a Mysore Room intermediate/advanced student visiting a shala overseas, practice only primary on your first day.
  • Do not practice or experiment any postures that you have not been given by the Mysore Room teachers within the Mysore Room premises.
  • If new to Ashtanga Yoga the sequence is taught methodically over the 1st month. Attendance should be regular at this time, so that solid foundations are laid. Please understand that your practice may initially be short & repetitive, as this practice is about building solid practitioners with devotion, determination, dedication & discipline which requires patience.
  • Mysore Room is for the learning & practice of the traditional method of Ashtanga Yoga as taught by KPJAYI only.
  • Enjoy your practice!